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‘Aladdin 2’ is already in the works. Here’s why it won’t be ‘Return of Jafar’

Writers of ‘Flight’ and ‘Straight Outta Compton’ will pen the live-action Disney film

Mena Massoud is Aladdin in Disney’s live-action “Aladdin,” directed by Guy Ritchie.
Mena Massoud is Aladdin in Disney’s live-action “Aladdin,” directed by Guy Ritchie.
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The live-action remake of “Aladdin” will reportedly receive a sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

What’s going on?

  • The 2019 blockbuster film from Disney will receive a sequel.
  • Writers for the new film include John Gatins (“Flight”) and Andrea Berloff (“Straight Outta Compton).

Will the cast return for ‘Aladdin 2’?

  • Guy Ritchie, who directed the recent remake of “Aladdin,” is likely to return as director.
  • Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott are expected to return, too, though no new deals have been made yet.

Does ‘Aladdin 2’ have a plot yet?

  • The Hollywood Reporter said: “Disney held a writers room in the summer to generate ideas for a follow-up. It is unknown what the idea is behind the next installment, but at one point the studio and producers were looking at other stories from ‘One Thousand and One Nights,’ the collection of Middle Eastern folk tales that also houses Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and Sinbad the Sailor.”

What about a ‘Return of Jafar’ reboot?

  • In August 2019, multiple reports suggested a sequel to “Aladdin” was on the way with an original sequel, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
  • Producer Dan Lin said it would feature original material that used some material from “The Return of Jafar” and “Aladdin and the King of Thieves,” which were both direct-to-DVD sequels.
  • Lin told ComicBook.com: “If I told you the fans would go crazy.It’s just too early for me to reveal. But just know that we’re looking at a lot of different source material and it’s not going to be based on one singular source, but we’re going to take the best of everything that’s been done before and create something fresh and new.”
  • Lin said: “We are going to treat it the same way we treat the original ‘Aladdin’ movie and not going to do a shot by shot remake of anything that’s been done before,” he said. “We’re really looking at what’s been done before in the past and the home video, and there’s just more story to tell with the underlying materials. So without giving away too much, we are certainly exploring where we can go with this franchise.”